MP DECLARES VICTORY AS WORCESTERSHIRE PARKWAY WINS GOVERNMENT CASH
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MP DECLARES VICTORY AS WORCESTERSHIRE PARKWAY WINS GOVERNMENT CASH

After 25 years of campaigning, Sir Peter Luff MP, has declared victory as Worcestershire Parkway station has been given the green light.
Yesterday (7th July) the Government announced that Worcestershire will receive a total of £47 million from the Government’s Local Growth Fund to support economic growth in the area – with £9m of new funding confirmed for 2015/16 and £20.3m from 2016 to 2021. The Government awarded money to local authorities across the country to fund local projects and kick-start the local economy.

£7.5 million of these Government funds have been allocated to help build Worcestershire Parkway at Norton. During the statement in the House of Commons yesterday, Monday, Sir Peter said,

“One of the biggest constraints on the economic growth of Worcestershire is the inadequacy of its rail links. I therefore thank the Minister warmly for his announcement of funding for the new Worcestershire Parkway station, which enables me to declare victory in the 25-year campaign to get that vital station built.”

The Minister, Greg Clark MP, replied,

“I am very grateful to my hon. Friend. I am just sorry that he will not be able to use it for his commute to this place. However, it will be a good monument to his campaigning over the years.”

Commenting on the announcement Sir Peter said,

“I have been making the case for a Worcestershire Parkway station for my whole time as a Member of Parliament and before that as a candidate so this news proves that persistence pays.

“Worcestershire County Council have also been working hard on making the case and pushing forward with the plans for this station, for which I thank them warmly.

“The station will revolutionise rail travel for local people by provide a hub to connect north/south services between Birmingham and Bristol and east/west services between Worcester and Oxford and London, Crucially it will have plenty of parking for people to leave their cars.

“The money arrives just when it’s needed in mid-2016 when construction is likely to begin.

“There a few more obstacles to be overcome, but we are firmly on the downhill slope to success now and I could not be more delighted.”
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